At least 16 people have been killed during clashes between rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and villagers in central African Republic, a military source said late Saturday.
LRA fighters attacked two villages in the central mining region of Bria on Thursday, initially killing six people and wounding about 10 others as they looted houses, said the source.
The region has suffered regular attacks from fighters of the LRA and other rebel groups. The LRA a Ugandan force set up by Joseph Kony, has killed more than 100,000 people during a reign of terror in Central Africa over the past 25 years, UN leader Ban Ki-moon said last month. It is also blamed for the abduction of between 60,000 and 100,000 children, many of whom have been forced to fight as child soldiers, he said in a report on the region.
Kony is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and is believed to be hiding in jungles on the border between Sudan, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic.